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Spy swap takes place in Vienna

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Spy swap takes place in Vienna


It is an historic trade-off on the tarmac. The biggest spy swap since the end of the Cold War has taken place in Vienna.

One aircraft carried ten Russian agents, the other four Russian spies pardoned by the Kremlin for passing intelligence to the West.

There has been no official statement on the exchange between the United States and Russia.

The handover in Austria comes after the Russians were deported after appearing together in court on Thursday to plead guilty to espionage.

Court documents revealed the real names of the spies, but Anna Chapman and one other apparently operated in the US under their own names.

As part of what seems a carefully choreographed swap, Moscow agreed to release four Russians jailed for spying for the West.

The group is said to include nuclear research expert Igor Sutyagin, who was sentenced to 15 years in 2004 for divulging classified military information.

But his lawyer said she did not have any details about his whereabouts.

However, one man who will not be part of the exchange is Christopher Metsos, the man believed to be the paymaster for the spy-ring in America.

He has skipped bail after being arrested in Cyprus and is now thought to be hiding in the Turkish north of the island, which has no extradition treaty with the US.

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